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Thursday, April 3, 2014

Kettle Moraine State Forest-Northern Unit, Campbellsport, 920-533-8322 or email -

  • Pink-toed 'Possums Nature Storytime. What has pink toes, a hairless tail and a pouch? An opossum, of course! Discover other interesting facts about the only North American mammal with a pouch. This hour of nature fun awaits 3 to 6 year olds with accompanying adults. Ice Age Visitor Center. 6-7 p.m.

Kettle Moraine State Forest-Southern Unit, Eagle, 262-594-6200 or email -

  • Thursday Night Hiking Club. Meet at Emma Carlin Trailhead.  We will hike the brown loop, 3.5 miles. 5 p.m.
Friday, April 4, 2014

Kettle Moraine State Forest-Northern Unit, Campbellsport, 920-533-8322 or email -

  • Pink-toed 'Possums Nature Storytime. What has pink toes, a hairless tail and a pouch? An opossum, of course! Discover other interesting facts about the only North American mammal with a pouch. This hour of nature fun awaits 3 to 6 year olds with accompanying adults. Ice Age Visitor Center. 9:30-10:30 a.m.
Saturday, April 5, 2014

Devil's Lake State Park, Baraboo, 608-356-8301 ext 140 or email -

  • Go on a StoryWalk®. Try out this new, fun way to enjoy a story - go on a StoryWalk®! The pages of the book will be placed on a trail right by the Nature Center. As you stroll down the trail, you’ll find the next page of the story. Drop-in anytime to read the story, but make sure to stop back inside for a fun activity to do. The stories are best for kids ages 3 to 8 years old. Nature Center. 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

Havenwoods State Forest, Milwaukee, 414-527-0232 or email -

  • Family Hike: Planet Trek. Get ready to celebrate our great planet by hiking around Havenwoods’ urban greenspace with a naturalist. We’ll check out sprouting plants, nesting birds, bubbling ponds, and scampering wildlife as we look for signs of spring. 10:30-11:30 a.m.

Kettle Moraine State Forest-Northern Unit, Campbellsport, 920-533-8322 or email -

  • Reading Nature Stories with MJ the dog. Sign up for a 15-minute slot to read a winter nature story to MJ, a trained service dog. This is a great opportunity for early elementary students with reading challenges. Make a nature-related craft before or after your time with MJ. To register call 920-533-8322. Henry S. Reuss Ice Age Visitor Center. 9:30-10:45 a.m.

Kettle Moraine State Forest-Southern Unit, Eagle, 262-594-6200 or email -

  • Birding 101. Join us for an introduction to bird watching taught by Dianne Robinson, DNR wildlife biologist. The outing will include a 1 hour birding lecture followed by a 1 hour (or more!) birding field trip. Please bring binoculars if you have them and warm clothes for a wintery outing. 20 pairs of binoculars will be available for use if needed. Meet at Forest HQ. 9 a.m.

MacKenzie Center, Poynette, 608-635-8105 or email

  • Maple Syrup Festival. Join the Friends of the MacKenzie Center and DNR staff for a fun-filled educational day.  Learn about the mystery of turning maple sap into maple syrup.  Visit exhibits on how Native Americans, Pioneers and today’s volunteers make maple syrup.  Enjoy horse drawn wagon rides, kid’s activities, and more!  Pancake breakfast (8 a.m.-noon for $7), concession stand available throughout.  Event is rain or shine. 8 a.m.-2 p.m..

Richard Bong State Recreation Area, Kansasville, 262-878-5600 or email -

  • Green Trail Hike. Enjoy a 1.9 mile spring hike on a beautiful trail in this Spring into Fitness event.  Meet at the Trailhead.  9:30-11 a.m. (Estimate).
Monday, April 7, 2014

Kettle Moraine State Forest-Southern Unit, Eagle, 262-594-6200 or email -

  • Monday Night Hiking Club. Meet at the Scuppernong Trailhead to hike the 2.3 mile red loop. 5 p.m.

Richard Bong State Recreation Area, Kansasville, 262-878-5600 or email -

  • Rhode’s Road Rambles. Watch spring unfold as you hike this 4 mile paved road that is closed to traffic.  Come to as many rambles as you like and walk at your own pace. Meet at the Trailhead. 10 a.m.- noon (Estimate).
Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Richard Bong State Recreation Area, Kansasville, 262-878-5600 or email -

  • Adopt a Highway. Join us for the first clean up of the highway in front of the park.  All equipment provided. You must be at least 12 years old to participate.  A great way to earn service hours.  Meet at the Visitor Center.  5-6:30 p.m.
Thursday, April 10, 2014

Kettle Moraine State Forest-Northern Unit, Campbellsport, 920-533-8322 or email -

  • An Evening with Nature - Climate Change and Wisconsin’s Plant Communities. Over the past 100 years, the climate of Wisconsin has changed. Craig Anderson, a DNR Ecologist, will provide insights on how climate change affects all aspects of our plant communities and what is projected for the near future and beyond. This program is most appropriate for people over the age of 10 years. Ice Age Visitor Center. 7-8:30 p.m.

Richard Bong State Recreation Area, Kansasville, 262-878-5600 or email -

  • Knee-High Naturalist. Bring your 3-5 year old to this fun and  involving nature     program. This month it SMELLS LIKE SPRING!  Dress to be outside.  Please pre-register by calling 262-878-5600.   Meet at the Visitor Center.  10-11:30 a.m.
Saturday, April 12, 2014

Devil's Lake State Park, Baraboo, 608-356-8301 ext 140 or email -

  • Become a Turtle Watcher. Join Andrew Badje from the Wisconsin Turtle Conservation Program to find out how you can help turtle’s in Wisconsin. He’ll talk about the different types of Wisconsin turtles, tell you how you can get involved, and show you some live turtles as well! Nature Center. 11 a.m.-noon.

Havenwoods State Forest, Milwaukee, 414-527-0232 or email -

  • Drop-In on Nature: Upcycling! Turning waste and recyclables into works of art, fun toys, and useful items is good for the earth, your pocketbook, and your imagination. Drop in to fly a CD Hovercraft, create art prints with junk, make a firefly jar that always glows, and more! 9 a.m.-2 p.m.

Kettle Moraine State Forest-Northern Unit, Campbellsport, 920-533-8322 or email -

  • All Tied Up in Knots Exploring Nature Program.  There is a knot for every kind of job. Learn how to tie basic knots and how to do simple lashing. To practice your new skills, you will lash together a special project. To register call (920) 533-8322 by April 10. This program is best for people over 8 years old. Ice Age Visitor Center. 10 a.m.-12 p.m.

Kettle Moraine State Forest-Southern Unit, Eagle, 262-594-6200 or email -

  • Volunteer Work Day. Join the volunteer work crew to help fight the garlic mustard infestation at Paradise Springs Nature Trail. 9 a.m.-noon.

Kohler-Andrae State Park, Sheboygan, 920-451-4080 or email -

  • Free Kid's Fishing Clinic. Clinic open to children 15 years & younger; must be accompanied by an adult. Clinic classes every hour from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Classes include rod & reel casting, knot tying, basic fishing equipment, fish ID & regulations, fish cleaning & time to fish as well as ink fish printing (bring t-shirt or bandana). Fishing equipment available, but bring your own if available. Refreshments served 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.. Pre-registration encouraged; walk-ins allowed. Participants will get free vehicle admission at pond. Friends Fishing Pond. 9 a.m.-2 p.m.

Richard Bong State Recreation Area, Kansasville, 262-878-5600 or email -

  • Watch for Waterfowl. Join the naturalist to search out and identify a parade of migrant waterfowl and other water birds.  Meet at the Visitor Center but prepare to drive. 8-9 a.m.
  • Yellow Trail Hike. Look for the sights and sounds of spring as you hike this 4.4 mile trail.  Meet at the Trailhead. 9:30 a.m.-noon (Estimate).
  • Migration Fact & Fiction.  While some of migration remains a mystery, many facts have been revealed. Learn the science behind why and how birds migrate and where they go.  Bring binoculars too as we’ll step outside to look for migrants.   Meet at the Visitor Center.  10-11:30 a.m.
  • Park Workday.  Need a service project?  Want to help the environment and the park?  Come help at our workday.  Workdays are flexible, you may come for the ones you want and stay as long as you want.  They are most suitable for ages 10 and up.  Dress to be working outside.  For more information or to sign up call (262) 878-5607. Meet at the Visitor Center.  1-3 p.m.
Monday, April 14, 2014

Kettle Moraine State Forest-Southern Unit, Eagle, 262-594-6200 or email -

  • Monday Night Hiking Club. Meet at the Ice Age Trail on Hwy 12.  We will do a 3 mile out-and-back hike on the Ice Age Trail. 5 p.m.

Richard Bong State Recreation Area, Kansasville, 262-878-5600 or email -

  • Rhode’s Road Rambles. Watch spring unfold as you hike this 4 mile paved road that is closed to traffic.  Come to as many rambles as you like and walk at your own pace. Meet at the Trailhead. 10 a.m.- noon (Estimate).
Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Havenwoods State Forest, Milwaukee, 414-527-0232 or email -

  • Preschool Storytime: Wild in the City. You might be surprised to learn about all the animals that live in the city. Find out how we can be good neighbors to our wild friends. Preschool storytimes are for children ages 3-5 and their parents, grandparents or other adult. These programs are not for day care centers or organizations. 9:30-10:30 a.m.
Wednesday, April 16, 2014

High Cliff State Park, Sherwood, 920-989-1106 or email -

  • Welcome Spring!Cindy Mueller, High Cliff Naturalist and Rob Zimmer, Post Crescent Staff Writer/Yard MD team up for informative and fun spring hikes. Explore a different trail each hike in April and May to see what is blooming and buzzing at High Cliff. Meet at the Park Office. 9-10:30 a.m.
Thursday, April 17, 2014

Kettle Moraine State Forest-Northern Unit, Campbellsport, 920-533-8322 or email -

  • Earth Friends Nature Storytime. Come kick off Earth Week and learn how to become better friends with the earth and all its critters. This hour of nature fun awaits 3 to 6 year olds with accompanying adults. Ice Age Visitor Center. 6-7 p.m.
Friday, April 18, 2014

Kettle Moraine State Forest-Northern Unit, Campbellsport, 920-533-8322 or email -

  • Earth Friends Nature Storytime. Come kick off Earth Week and learn how to become better friends with the earth and all its critters. This hour of nature fun awaits 3 to 6 year olds with accompanying adults. Ice Age Visitor Center. 9:30-10:30 a.m.
Saturday, April 19, 2014

Big Foot Beach State Park, Lake Geneva, 262-248-2528 or email -

  • Work*Play*Earth Day. Big Foot Beach State Park is looking for volunteers to participate in a state wide event celebrating Earth Day. Volunteers are needed to help plant trees and pick up litter. Volunteers should wear work boots, long pants and gloves. Please bring your own shovels and gloves if available. A state park admission sticker is not required for volunteers. Meet at the picnic shelter. 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Devil's Lake State Park, Baraboo, 608-356-8301 ext 140 or email -

  • Timberdoodle Watch. Experience the amazing courtship display of the timberdoodle, better known as the American woodcock. Steinke Basin is great stage to watch the males’ amazing spiraling flight and song. Bring a comfortable chair or blanket and binoculars. Steinke Basin Parking Lot. 7-9 p.m.

Havenwoods State Forest, Milwaukee, 414-527-0232 or email -

  • Drop-In on Nature: Upcycling! Turning waste and recyclables into works of art, fun toys, and useful items is good for the earth, your pocketbook, and your imagination. Drop in to fly a CD Hovercraft, create art prints with junk, make a firefly jar that always glows, and more! 9 a.m.-2 p.m.

Kohler-Andrae State Park, Sheboygan, 920-451-4080 or email -

  • Work*Play*Earth Day. Kohler-Andrae is looking for volunteers to participate in a state-wide event celebrating Earth Day.Volunteers needed to plant trees, install benches, remove invasive plants, stain picnic tables, clear pine needles & pick up litter. Volunteers must wear work boots or shoes, long pants & gloves. They should bring their own shovels & rakes if available. Refreshments provided at noon. Vehicle admission fees waived for volunteers. 9 a.m.-3 p.m.

Newport State Park, Ellison Bay, 920-854-2500 or email -

  • Work*Play*Earth Day. Newport is looking for volunteers to participate in a state-wide event celebrating Earth Day.Volunteers needed to plant trees, install benches, remove invasive plants, stain picnic tables, clear pine needles & pick up litter. Volunteers must wear work boots or shoes, long pants & gloves. They should bring their own shovels & rakes if available. Refreshments provided at noon. Vehicle admission fees waived for volunteers. 9 a.m.-3 p.m.

Peninsula State Park, Fish Creek, 920-868-3258 or email -

  • Join the park naturalist for a bit of egg-ercise. The "hip hop gang" has hidden a few eggs along the nature trail. Can you find them? This program starts with a ten-minute talk about bunnies, how real rabbits survive, and ends hoppily with an outdoor "hunt." Designed for kids ages ten and younger, older kids and gray hares are welcome to join the fun (tweens & teens can help hide eggs during the talk). This program focuses on outdoor fun, with a limited number of eggs per child (and even some with prizes other than candy!). Wear boots as the 1/4-mile trail may be muddy. The program is free but a state park vehicle sticker is required. If you need additional information or would like to help "pack" eggs ahead of time, contact Kathleen.harris@wisconsin.gov or phone Peninsula at 868-3258. White Cedar Nature Center. 1-2 p.m..

Stower Seven Lakes State Trail , Balsam Lake, 715-485-9294 or email -

  • Work*Play*Earth Day. Topic a.m. Volunteers are needed to participate in a state-wide event celebrating Earth Day.Volunteers needed to plant trees, install benches, remove invasive plants, stain picnic tables, clear pine needles & pick up litter. Volunteers must wear work boots or shoes, long pants & gloves. They should bring their own shovels & rakes if available. Refreshments provided at noon. Vehicle admission fees waived for volunteers. 9 a.m.-3 p.m..
Monday, April 21, 2014

Kettle Moraine State Forest-Southern Unit, Eagle, 262-594-6200 or email -

  • Monday Night Hiking Club. Meet at the Nordic Trailhead to hike the 3.25 mile white loop. 5 p.m.

Richard Bong State Recreation Area, Kansasville, 262-878-5600 or email -

  • Rhode’s Road Rambles. Watch spring unfold as you hike this 4 mile paved road that is closed to traffic.  Come to as many rambles as you like and walk at your own pace. Meet at the Trailhead. 10 a.m.- noon (Estimate).
Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Richard Bong State Recreation Area, Kansasville, 262-878-5600 or email -

  • Picnic for Earth. Bring your own picnic and join us and The Nature Conservancy worldwide to celebrate Earth Day.  Awards for environmentally friendly picnics.  Wear your hiking shoes if you want to join us for a one-mile hike after we eat.  Meet at the Vista Picnic Area.  5:30-7 p.m.
Thursday, April 24, 2014

Kettle Moraine State Forest-Southern Unit, Eagle, 262-594-6200 or email -

  • Thursday Night Hiking Club. Meet at the Scuppernong Trailhead.  We will hike out-and-back on the Ice Age Trail south to shelter 1. 5 p.m.
Friday, April 25, 2014

Kettle Moraine State Forest-Northern Unit, Campbellsport, 920-533-8322 or email -

  • In Search of Sky Dancers and Spring Noise-makers Night Hike. An early spring evening is the perfect time to search for those incredible sky dancers, woodcock and snipe. As the sky darkens, we will tune in on those nighttime noise-makers, the frogs. This hike is most appropriate adults and children over the age of 6 years. Zillmer Trail Head. 7:30-9 p.m.
Saturday, April 26, 2014

Buckhorn State Park, Necedah, 608-565-2789 -

  • Work*Play*Earth Day. Volunteers are needed to participate in a state-wide event celebrating Earth Day. Volunteers should meet at the park Pavillion at 9 a.m. to receive trees for planting and garbage bags for litter pickup.  The Friends of High Cliff State Park will be providing a noontime lunch. The lunch is free, however donations are graciously accepted. Groups of six or more are asked to pre-register by calling 920-989-1106.  Volunteers are encouraged to bring shovels and gloves.  A Wisconsin State Park vehicle admission sticker is not required for registered volunteers.  9 a.m.

Hank Aaron State Trail, Milwaukee, 414-263-8559 - or email -

  • Work*Play*Earth Day. Volunteers are needed to participate in a state-wide event celebrating Earth Day. Volunteers are encouraged to bring shovels and gloves.   9 a.m.

Harrington Beach State Park, Belgium, 262-285-3015 - or email -

  • Arbor Day Event . Tree planting and Volunteer Day. Please call the park office for details and to pre-register. 9 a.m. to noon..

Havenwoods State Forest, Milwaukee, 414-527-0232 or email -

  • Great American Clean-up at Havenwoods. Make your part of the earth a little cleaner this spring by picking up litter on streets, in parks, and along waterways. Join us on April 26 to clean up Havenwoods or check out other cleanup efforts on Keep Greater Milwaukee Beautiful’s website. We’ll provide garbage bags and work gloves. Litter picker-uppers will receive gift certificates from local sponsors! Registration is requested only for groups. 9 a.m.- noon.

High Cliff State Park, Sherwood, 920-989-1106 or email -

  • Work*Play*Earth Day and Arbor Day Event & Spring Park Clean-Up. Volunteers are needed to participate in a state-wide event celebrating Earth Day. Volunteers should meet at the park Pavillion at 9 a.m. to receive trees for planting and garbage bags for litter pickup.  The Friends of High Cliff State Park will be providing a noontime lunch for REGISTERED volunteers. The lunch is free, however donations are graciously accepted. Groups of six or more are asked to pre-register by calling 920-989-1106.  Volunteers are encouraged to bring shovels and gloves.  A Wisconsin State Park vehicle admission sticker is not required for registered volunteers.  9 a.m.

Kettle Moraine State Forest-Lapham Peak Unit, Delafield, 262-646-3025 or email -

  • Work*Play*Earth Day. Volunteers are needed to participate in a state-wide event celebrating Earth Day. 9 a.m.

Kettle Moraine State Forest - Pike Lake Unit, Hartford, 262-670-3400 or email -

  • Work*Play*Earth Day. Volunteers are needed to participate in a state-wide event celebrating Earth Day. 9 a.m.

Kettle Moraine State Forest-Northern Unit, Campbellsport, 920-533-8322 or email -

  • Work*Play*Earth Day Clean Up - Sponsored by the Friends of the Kettle Moraine. Help give the Kettle Moraine Scenic Drive a spring cleaning. Join others for a morning of camaraderie and litter pick up. Youth and other groups are encouraged to participate. Bring your own gloves. Garbage bags will be provided. Go to the Forest Headquarters off County Road G to get your road assignment. After the clean-up, meet back at Headquarters for snacks and refreshments. To register groups, call 262-626-2116. Forest Headquarters. 8:30 a.m.-12 p.m.

Kettle Moraine State Forest-Southern Unit, Eagle, 262-594-6200 or email -

  • Work*Play*Earth Day. Meet at the West Loop of the Whitewater Lake Campground to build a trail leading to the walk-to campsites. Volunteers are encouraged to bring shovels and wear boots and gloves.  9 a.m.-noon.

Lakeshore State Park, Milwaukee, 414-274-4281 or email -

  • Work*Play*Earth Day. Volunteers are needed to participate in a state-wide event celebrating Earth Day. 9 a.m.

Perrot State Park, Trempealeau, 608-534-6409 or email -

  • Work*Play*Earth Day. Volunteers are needed to participate in a state-wide event celebrating Earth Day. 9 a.m.

Richard Bong State Recreation Area, Kansasville, 262-878-5600 or email -

  • Work* Play* Earth Day!  Celebrate Earth day by giving back to the park by planting trees or cleaning up the park.  Dress to be working outside.  Co-sponsored by Friends of Wisconsin State Parks and the Wisconsin Bureau of Parks.  Refreshments provided.  Please pre-register by calling 262-878-5600.  Meet at the Visitor Center but prepare to drive.  9 a.m.-noon.

Sandhill Outdoor Skills Center , Babcock, 715-884-6335 or email -

  • Friends of Sandhill Open House. Join the Friends of Sandhill for a day of fun exploring nature’s secrets on Sandhill. Kids’ activities, tours, snacks and more.  Something for everybody. 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Whitefish Dunes State Park, Sturgeon Bay, 920-823-2400 or email -

  • Work*Play*Earth Day. Whitefish Dunes is looking for volunteers to participate in a state-wide event celebrating Earth Day. Volunteers are needed for both outside and inside activities to help get the park ready for the summer season. Lunch provided at noon by the Friends of Whitefish Dunes. Vehicle admission fees waived for volunteers. Please call 920-823-2400 for more information or to sign up. Meet at the shelter. 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
Monday, April 28, 2014

Kettle Moraine State Forest-Southern Unit, Eagle, 262-594-6200 or email -

  • Monday Night Hiking Club. Meet at the “Eagle Segment” Trailhead for the Ice Age Trail, located on gravel road on the north side of Hwy 59 between Country Rd S and County Rd N.  We will do a 3 mile out-and-back hike on the Ice Age Trail. 5 p.m.

Richard Bong State Recreation Area, Kansasville, 262-878-5600 or email -

  • Rhode’s Road Rambles. Watch spring unfold as you hike this 4 mile paved road that is closed to traffic.  Come to as many rambles as you like and walk at your own pace. Meet at the Trailhead. 10 a.m.- noon (Estimate).
Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Havenwoods State Forest, Milwaukee, 414-527-0232 or email -

  • Preschool Storytime: Celebrate Earth Day! Come to the party! Enjoy stories, games, and cake. We’ll even give the Earth some presents! Preschool storytimes are for children ages 3-5 and their parents, grandparents or other adult. These programs are not for day care centers or organizations. 9:30-10:30 a.m.
Thursday, May 1, 2014

High Cliff State Park, Sherwood, 920-989-1106 or email -

  • 3rd Annual High Cliff Migratory Bird Hike. In conjunction with International Migratory Bird Day, the 3rd Annual High Cliff Migratory Bird Hike will take place with Park Volunteer, Terri Welisek. Take a gentle walk for 1 hour exploring the varied habitats of the Butterfly Pond Trail for Herons, colorful warblers, scarlet tanagers, swallows, osprey and more. Learn trivia about each species we encounter-. Drab clothing recommended, no bright colors or white please. Cameras welcome. Binocular a must! If you need a loaner binocular contact the park office a few days in advance and it will be issued upon arrival. This experience suitable for wheelchairs/scooters. Event occurs rain or shine. Meet at the Marina Parking Lot. 6:30 a.m.

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